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01 Dec 2005

Great News!

From the News24 web site :

Johannesburg - South Africa's highest court on Thursday ruled in favour of same-sex marriages, striking down a law that banned gay unions and ordering parliament to draft new legislation within a year.

"The common law definition of marriage is declared to be inconsistent with the constitution and invalid to the extent that it does not permit same-sex couples to enjoy the status and benefits it accords heterosexual couples," said Justice Albie Sachs in a ruling delivered by the constitutional court.

The decision followed a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling in November 2004 that said same-sex couples could get married following an application by lesbian couple Marie Fourie and Cecilia Bonthuys.

It requested that the courts change the common-law definition of marriage from being a "union between a man and a woman" to a "union between two persons".
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Gay, lesbian and bisexual expert
Gay, lesbian and bisexual expert

01 Jan 0001

Well done guys, this is a huge HUGE event for the gay and lesbian community, in South Africa but also internationally. A huge step forward in terms of human rights.

We've got something to celebrate!
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